Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Plenty to See in Washington and Oregon

So after the Hort Expo was over last Wednesday afternoon, Eric, JW and I packed up and hit the road in Eric's pickup.  We had a dinner meeting in Oregon and a grower meeting the next day.  So goodbye to Yakima.  It was a pretty drive, well on the outside I mean. 
Fortunately Eric likes to see stuff as much as I do.  Like the Stonehenge in lower WA on the Columbia River near the small town of Maryhill.  It is an historic area, and this was completed in 1929 as a monument to military personnel who gave their lives in World War I.  It has plaques inside with the names of soldiers from Klickitat County here who perished in the war.  It is supposedly built exactly as the real Stonehenge in England.
Here is the inside.  As you probably know, the original Stonehenge  was used by ancient astronomers to mark season changes and other events marked by the sun and moon.  Before this purpose was discovered, it was thought to be a site for sacrifices.  Oh behave.
 Here are some to the plaques of the local soldiers that didn't make it back.
Here is a view of the Columbia River from Stonehenge.  There are all sorts of orchards and things growing down there.  See that black fence?  It seems that is a Cannabis farm.  We held our breath. Don't want no second hand smoke messing up a surprise drug test back home. 
Here is a view looking the other way back up the mountain.  Orchards and wind turbines.
 We crossed over into Oregon, and drove through the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.  Well I can see why it is scenic.  Here is Horsetail Falls.  It is 192 feet tall, and was really running fast due to all of the recent rain.
 Well it seems that Horsetail Falls is just a warmup for this one: Multnomah Falls.  Here is the lodge in front celebrating 100 years.
This one falls 542 feet to a pool and then another 69 feet beyond the cross bridge.  It was starting to get dark by this time, so I sprinted up the hill so that I could see the bridge.
 Glad I did.  Here is the falls from the bridge.  It was really running big and loud.  Very cool.
Here is the view looking back down.  That's JW and Eric down there in front of that rock bench. Glad they waited for me to come back down.  I had never been here before but really glad I got to see it.   
Well we were driving for a purpose.  There is a new retail partner in the town of Salem which is South of Portland.  They are Koenig Custom Application and they just came on board after attending the Research Field Days last August.  Now it's time to go to work.  We hosted 16 growers from the area for an introduction to AgroLiquid.  (I forgot my camera, so had to sketch JW here making a presentation.)  It was different for me since there was quite a variety of crops grown in the area.  Rye grass seed, filberts, bush beans, onions, blueberrie,sweet corn, onions and more that I can't remember. But we haven't met the crop yet that can't be well fertilized with AgroLiquid. 
So that was a great fertilizer mission and I look forward to returning next summer to follow up on fertilizer applications.  Plus see if there are any more cool waterfalls or other sights to see.